Going Through Grief with the Family of God (Sittser)

One of my favorite resources on grief and sorrow in the Christian life is "A Grace Disguised" by Jerry Sittser. Jerry lost his daughter, wife, and mother in a single car crash. The story is beyond sad. But the story has Christian hope in it as well. The book isn't a theology of suffering. It's… Continue reading Going Through Grief with the Family of God (Sittser)

When Grief Goes Too Far (Flavel)

After Saul's kingship seriously goes down the drain, the Lord rejects Saul as king over Israel. You can read the story in 1 Samuel 15. At the end of this story, Samuel grieves over Saul. In fact, Samuel's grief or mourning is noted twice - once in 1 Samuel 15:35 and also 1 Samuel 16:1.… Continue reading When Grief Goes Too Far (Flavel)

The Good In Sorrow (!?!)

I certainly don't know all the thoughts and feelings of other Christians as they've suffered hard through trial and affliction. But I do know that some Christians have remarked that God blessed them greatly during their suffering. Sometimes when we suffer we experience the comforting presence of God in an unexplicable way. Other times God's… Continue reading The Good In Sorrow (!?!)

The Reason (Sturm)

 I enjoy reading autobiographies, so when I saw Lacey Sturm's autobiography on sale awhile back, I picked it up.  I admit I didn't know much about her, but I have listened to Flyleaf before and the book summary sounded good, so I was interested in checking it out.  After reading it, I'm glad that I… Continue reading The Reason (Sturm)

The Loss of A Loved One

 This is a great resource on dealing with sorrow and grief in the Christian life: Facing Grief by John Flavel (d. 1691).  Flavel starts by discussing Luke 7.13: When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry" (NIV).  He then moves to aspects of sorrow, explaining the biblical way for… Continue reading The Loss of A Loved One